American Declarations, Israeli Independence
Mario Loyola is, of course, right (“Israel Has Every Right to Destroy Hamas,” June 14). He’s right that Israel has the moral right to destroy Hamas in Gaza. He’s right that Israel might see that as a strategic and prudential necessity, though the resultant reoccupation of the Strip complicates that objective. He’s right about the imminent threat Hamas poses, which would render a preventive war just and legal. And he’s right about the legitimacy of disproportionate force to achieve strategic objectives in such a conflict, which is the bedrock upon which deterrence theory is built.
Where Loyola may
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